Sing Along With Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show: See the Latest Playlists

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

pop tunes disc smallIt is absolutely normal to want to sing along with the songs I play on my Pop Tunes Deejay Show, the latest playlist for which has just been posted in the Notes section of the show’s Facebook page.

front coverShow number 20’s playlist is chock full of new and new-to-you melodic pop songs, including the world premiere of Dave Caruso’s Eric Carmen-ish “Boomer, Jenna and Lennie,” from his just-about-to-be-released new album, Buddha Pesto Manifesto. Also heard during this show: tunes from Scott Gagner, Seth Timbs, Cotton Mather, Ed Ryan, Anton Barbeau, and a double-play from Dana Countryman’s new release, The Joy of Pop. Plus lots more.

Check out the playlist for show number 20, and all of the other Pop Tunes Deejay Shows aired so far, in the Notes section of our Facebook page. Click here (or on the Pop Tunes logo above) to be magically transported (and please, if you can, click the Like button).

Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show airs Tuesday and Thursday nights at 8 pm ET on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio. Don’t miss a minute!

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

pop tunes disc smallin conversation new graphic blueListen to the Pop Tunes Deejay Show on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm ET (two different shows every week); In Conversation airs every Wednesday night at 9 pm ET. Don’t miss a minute!

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Pure Pop’s Shows Pop Large This Week: Classic Ben Folds Interview from 1996 on In Conversation; Songs About Radio and a World Premiere Spin from Dave Caruso on the Pop Tunes Deejay Show

Such a week ahead! Let’s get right to the details…

A Classic Ben Folds Interview from 1996 on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation
ben folds five debut coverThis week’s Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation (Wednesday, 9 pm ET) rolls back 21 years to March 26, 1996–just one year after the weekly Pure Pop Radio show began–for a classic interview on the run with the great Ben Folds. I caught up with Ben after his high-energy Ben Folds Five show at Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club. The self-titled, first Five album had been released only seven months prior, but you would never have known it by the roaring reaction from the packed crowd.

My power-packed chat with Ben began just outside his dressing room and continued down the stroll to the stage where he and his band took to breaking down his setup and packing their instruments and equipment into a waiting U-Haul truck. This included Ben’s 1972 well-worn Baldwin piano, a well-used specimen if ever there was one. Ben and I talked about his approach to playing the keys, being compared to Elton John and Billy Joel, and his love of “Video Killed the Radio Star,” which the band played that night and subsequently covered on record. And lots more.

You’ll hear three songs that lit up the grooves on that first Ben Folds Five album: “Alice Childress,” “Jackson Cannery,” and “Boxing.” Plus: the aforementioned “Video Killed the Radio Star.” This is one of my favorite interviews that I’ve done over the years. I hope you enjoy it.

A World Premiere Spin from Dave Caruso and Radio is in the Spotlight on the Pop Tunes Deejay Show
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This week’s Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Shows are all-new and popping with the best melodic pop from across the decades. Tonight’s show, airing at 8 pm ET on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio, tells the story of music radio through songs about our favorite medium from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Merrymakers, Joe Sullivan, Hilly Michaels, Harry Nilsson and lots more, along with a smattering of classic radio station jingles. So as not to disturb the flow of this hour-long entertainment, I have kept mum, so no snappy deejay patter from me. Just lots of radio, and lots of fun!

front coverdave caruso studio shotOn Thursday night at 8 pm ET, you’ll hear an hour’s worth of new and new-to-you melodic pop songs, including a world premiere tune from Dave Caruso’s about-to-be-released (on October 30) album, the cleverly-titled Buddha Pesto Manifesto, the hotly anticipated followup to Dave’s 2014 release, Cardboard Vegas Roundabout. “Boomer, Jenna and Lennie” is a classic, ever-so-catchy Eric Carmen-styled number about negotiating life’s path and the ups and downs that are presented along the way. Light, percussive piano, electric guitar stabs and a sumptuous melody propel this song to the top of the pops, and I’m thrilled to be able to present it to you as a world premiere spin.

You Couldn’t Possibly Have More Fun on the Radio!
Don’t miss this week’s signature Pure Pop Shows on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio: tonight’s radio-centric episode of the Pop Tunes Deejay Show (8 pm ET), tomorrow night’s classic 1996 interview with Ben Folds on In Conversation (9 pm ET), and Thursday night’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show (8 pm ET), featuring the world premiere of “Boomer, Jenna and Lennie” from Dave Caruso’s Buddha Pesto Manifesto, to be released on October 30. It’s all on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio. Don’t miss a minute!

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

pop tunes disc smallin conversation new graphic blueListen to the Pop Tunes Deejay Show on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm ET (two different shows every week); In Conversation airs every Wednesday night at 9 pm ET. Don’t miss a minute!

Tune in to Pop that Goes Crunch Radio by clicking on the following snazzy-looking button:

 

Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: Scott Gagner (Airdate: October 4, 2017)

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

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Pins_and_Needles_Cover_Art_Scott_GagnerSinger-songwriter Scott Gagner, whose 2014 album Rise and Shine was a big Pure Pop Radio favorite, has made a welcome return to the melodic pop landscape with Pins and Needles, another top-flight collection of songs peering into the effects of the human condition, always with a melody in its heart.

Scott returned to Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on October 4 to speak with me about his new release. Along the way, he related deeply felt stories regarding the creation of his wonderful new songs. We played three during this program–“Heart Attack,” “You Don’t Know,” and “America the Beautiful”; listen to them by clicking here.

pprListen to my interview with Scott Gagner from the October 4 edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation by clicking the play button on the following player, or click on the Pure Pop Radio button to the left to download (then right click and choose “Save audio as” to save the file to your computer). (This interview is presented in scoped format; the songs have been removed due to copyright concerns.)

Purchase Scott Gagner’s Pins and Needles (the album, not Scott’s actual pins and needles!) by clicking on the following link: Bandcamp.

Look out for more current and archived Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation interviews, coming soon.

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

pop tunes disc smallin conversation new graphic blueListen to the Pop Tunes Deejay Show on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm ET (two different shows every week); In Conversation airs every Wednesday night at 9 pm ET. Don’t miss a minute!

Tune in to Pop that Goes Crunch Radio by clicking on the following snazzy-looking button:

 

Pure Pop’s Retro Week Looks Back at an Iconic In Conversation Chat with the Knack’s Doug Fieger, and the Origins of the Pop Tunes Deejay Show. And…

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

Next week, we celebrate the origins of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, and look back at an iconic on-air interview with The Knack’s late leader Doug Fieger during Pure Pop’s Retro Week.

Flashback to 1998 with The Knack’s Doug Fieger
the knack zoom coverOn Wednesday, October 11 at 9 pm ET we turn the broadcast dial back to November 28, 1998, when The Knack’s Doug Fieger joined me on my weekly Pure Pop Radio show on WEBR. This was a big interview for me; I was a big fan of The Knack and always longed to find out more about their records and how they were made. I found out about that and a whole lot more, as Doug took me on a pop and roll journey, the effects of which have stayed with me to this very day.

The Knack’s then-current album Zoom had been released just five months prior to the interview, and was an on-air and personal favorite of mine. The pulsating opener, “Pop is Dead,” was a familiar spin during the weekly Pure Pop Radio shows. Doug and I spoke about the album, Doug’s writing process, the kinds of music he liked–he had an affinity for the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack–and his early ambitions: he had wanted to become an artist, and was an actor in his youth, performing in plays in Detroit at the Vanguard Playhouse. He even performed Shakespeare.

During the interview, I played many Knack classics, four of which you will hear: the aforementioned “Pop is Dead”; “We are Waiting” from Round Trip; “Terry and Julie Step Out” from Zoom; and a cover of Badfinger’s “No Matter What,” which the Knack recorded for Copper Records’ 1996 release, Come and Get It: A Tribute to Badfinger.

Spend an hour next Wednesday night at 9 pm ET with me and The Knack’s Doug Fieger in an interview first broadcast on the weekly Pure Pop Radio show on WEBR on November 28, 1998. It’s a good one.

The Pop Tunes Deejay Show’s Origins
pop tunes disc smallNext Tuesday and Thursday nights at 8 pm ET, I’m running the very first Pop Tunes Deejay Shows, originally broadcast in August and November of 2015. The Pop Tunes Deejay Show was a bit different during this first run of episodes, but basically the same show you’ve come to know and love.

On Tuesday, October 10 at 8 pm ET, you will hear show number one, featuring sets devoted to ELO Pop, Fab Sounds, and much more. Show number two rolls next Thursday night at 8 pm ET with sets spinning songs with the word “hello” in the title, and a survey of new tunes added to the Pure Pop Radio playlist, including tracks from Sports Fan, Michael Carpenter, The Cherry Drops, The Nines, and many more.

And then…
…I am taking next week off to smell the roses, patch cracks in the ceiling, and to focus on other things that need tending to, so make a date to take a look through our pages at the many hundreds of reviews, articles and information about Pure Pop’s various activities through the years.

When I get back on Monday, October 16, I’ll dive right back in to business, preparing a brand-new show airing exclusively right here on this site and scribing plenty of reviews and articles about the melodic pop music that you love. And working up all-new editions of the Pop Tunes Deejay Show and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation.

Enjoy next week’s retro shows, and I’ll see you back here with bells on (not literally, of course) on Monday, October 16. Have fun!

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

pop tunes disc smallin conversation new graphic blueListen to the Pop Tunes Deejay Show on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm ET (two different shows every week); In Conversation airs every Wednesday night at 9 pm ET. Don’t miss a minute!

Tune in to Pop that Goes Crunch Radio by clicking on the following snazzy-looking button:

 

Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show Checks In with Top-Flight New and New-to-You Melodic Tunes

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

pop tunes disc smallEvery Monday and Wednesday night at 8 pm ET, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show rolls along with an hour’s worth of catchy melodic pop music from across the decades, from the songs that constitute the soundtrack of our lives to the latest releases from our favorite artists.

Last night’s show, the 15th in the current series, kicked off with the Searchers’ seminal “Sugar and Spice” from 1963 and closed with Mary Chapin Carpenter’s catchy reading of  Lucinda Williams’ “Passionate Kisses,” from Carpenter’s 1992 album, Come On Come On. In between, a veritable who’s who of pop performers sang their hearts out, keeping the beat going and the warm melodies flowing.

Here is the playlist for show number 15, heard last night on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio:

  1. Dana Countryman | Pop Tunes Theme
  2. The Searchers | “Sugar and Spice” | Sugar and Spice, 1963
  3. Kurt Baker | “Thank Goodness It’s Friday” | The Lost Weekend EP, 2017
  4. Los Straitjackets | “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding” | What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Los Straitjackets, 2017
  5. The School | “Hoping and Praying” | Loveless Unbeliever, 2017
  6. The Wilson Hospital | “Midsummer’s Ball” | Medication for a Lost Generation, 2002
  7. Terry Draper | “She’s All Mine” | Remarkable Women, 2017
  8. Bill DeMain | “Wendy” | Transatlantic Romantic, 2017
  9. The Timewhys | “I Said Hello” | Autumn of Love, 2017
  10. Winterpills | “Colorblind” | Single, 2017
  11. Anton Barbeau | “Rain, Rain” | Antronica 2, 2017
  12. OMD | “Locomotion” | Junk Culture, 1984
  13. Carpenter Caswell | “The Big Daddy” | Carpenter Caswell, 2017
  14. Ulf Holmberg | “Music to Watch Girls By” | The Mighty Shadow, 2017
  15. The Connection | “(It’s a) Monsters’ Holiday” | Single, 2017
  16. The Taters | “(It’s a) Monsters’ Holiday” | Don’t Scream! Songs to keep You Up at Night!, 2015
  17. Dana Countryman | “Halloween at Moog Manor” | Moog-Tastic – Electronic Melodies from the 24th Century, 2010
  18. NRBQ | “Only the Lonely” | Happy Talk, 2017
  19. Sagittarius | “My World Fell Down” | Present Tense, 1968
  20. Donovan | “Jennifer Juniper” | Donovan’s Greatest Hits, 1969
  21. Glen Campbell | “Guess I’m Dumb” | Single, 1965
  22. Mary Chapin Carpenter | “Passionate Kisses” | Come On Come On, 1992

Plus: Alan’s Snappy Deejay Patter!

Tune in every Tuesday and Thursday night at 8 pm ET for the latest episodes of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, heard exclusively on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio. All Pop Tunes playlists are archived in the Notes section of the show’s Facebook page; click here to be magically transported, and be sure to click the Like button while you’re there!

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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Tune in to Pop that Goes Crunch Radio by clicking on the following snazzy-looking button:

 

And the Winners of Coke Belda’s Bee Gees Tribute CD Are…

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

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…James Lowe and Rick Vittenson. Congratulations, James and Rick; both of you will be receiving a copy of Coke Belda’s fantastic album, Coke Belda 3 (Gs): A Tribute to the Bee Gees.

Thanks to all who entered our contest. More cool contests are coming soon!

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

pop tunes disc smallin conversation new graphic blueListen to the Pop Tunes Deejay Show on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm ET (two different shows every week); In Conversation airs every Wednesday night at 9 pm ET. Don’t miss a minute!

Tune in to Pop that Goes Crunch Radio by clicking on the following snazzy-looking button:

 

Kurt Baker, Terry Draper, Bill DeMain, The Timewhys, The Rubinoos, Bill Lloyd, Fountains of Wayne, Jeff Larson and Scott Gagner Star in this Week’s Pure Pop Shows

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

Two sparkling brand-new editions of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, and an all-new, typically in-depth Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation ride the melodic pop airwaves this week.

pop tunes disc smallTonight’s Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show (8 pm ET) is a merry mix of new and new-to-you spins and classic cuts from across the decades. The Searchers, Kurt Baker, The Wilson Hospital, Terry Draper and Bill DeMain sing sweetly alongside Anton Barbeau, Carpenter Caswell, Sagittarius, Donovan and an early, spooky salute to Halloween with The Connection, whose new single is a lively take on Buck Owens’ “(It’s a) Monsters’ Holiday” (The Taters roll with their version of the tune, too).

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Pins_and_Needles_Cover_Art_Scott_GagnerTomorrow night at 9 pm ET, singer-songwriter Scott Gagner sits in with me on an all-new Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation to talk about his new album, Pins and Needles, a way-more-than-worthy followup to 2014’s Rise and Shine. You’ll hear the stories behind the songs, and much more. And all about a certain…deer (yes, you read that right).

pop tunes disc smallThursday night at 8 pm ET, the Pop Tunes Deejay Show returns with another first-run mix of melodic pop songs from across the decades, featuring Bonaroo, The Lilac Time, XTC, Peter and the Penguins, Hep Stars, The Left Banke, Bill Lloyd, Jeff Larson, and Gilbert O’Sullivan. A more fun hour of melodic pop simply can’t be found anywhere.

Before I go, I invite you to view Scott Gagner’s wonderfully creative, and quite entertaining, video for Pins and Needles’ lead single, a catchy slice of melodic pop entitled “The Ghost of Me and You.” Directed by Scott and co-starring a lovely, expressive yet inanimate deer head (yes, you read that right…again), it’s a joy.

Two new Pop Tunes Deejay Shows and an all-new Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation with Scott Gagner? Yes, that’s this week’s nighttime listening sorted. Enjoy!

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

pop tunes disc smallin conversation new graphic blueListen to the Pop Tunes Deejay Show on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm ET (two different shows every week); In Conversation airs every Wednesday night at 9 pm ET. Don’t miss a minute!

Tune in to Pop that Goes Crunch Radio by clicking on the following snazzy-looking button: